Diagnostic evaluation of the patient with respiratory distress

Speaker: Lindsay Kellett-Gregory

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Diagnostic evaluation of the patient with respiratory distress


There are numerous possible causes of respiratory distress in small animal patients. Owing to the critical nature of these patients, further diagnostic evaluation to help to guide initial treatment is often not tolerated. This webinar will cover an anatomic approach to localising the cause of the respiratory distress, permitting rapid targeted stabilisation without putting the patient at risk of a worsening in their clinical condition. There will also be discussion of the use of patient side ultrasound techniques in the assessment of these patients, as well as consideration of how to rule out cardiogenic causes of respiratory distress in a practice setting.

Learning objectives: Following this webinar, attendees should be able to:

  • Appreciate the diagnostic challenge a patient presenting with respiratory distress brings with them
  • Be able to differentiate between causes of respiratory distress arising from the upper airways, lower airways, pleural space and pulmonary parenchyma
  • List several causes of respiratory look-a-likes and be able to differentiate them from actual respiratory system dysfunction
  • Rapidly assess a patient to determine whether respiratory distress is likely to be cardiogenic in origin
  • Provide a step by step approach as to how to best evaluate a patient with respiratory distress